Stunning is the best adjective I find to describe this wonderful Cedar top. Her sound is powerful, clear and with a punch and sustain seldom heard. Everything on this babe is spectacular. The dark figure on the 135 year air dried set of Brazilian rose from Rio de Janeiro; One of the oldest air dried sets I have ever used. To put it into perspective, just think of this: "The set was air drying when Queen Victoria was proclaimed empress of India".. the selection of rosette and matching marquetry elevate her to a level of artistry that will leave you breathless. You will fill you eyes and ears with beauty and will feel so amazingly comfortable while playing her. The 640mm radiused Macassar ebony fingerboard, slim neck and the low action make her the perfect instrument. That's how easy and natural she feels in the player's hands. The sound is electrifying! The deep round basses coupled with the most brilliant and at the same time sweet trebles will capture you forever. Putting her down will be the hardest thing to do. Playing my transcription of Bach lute Prelude BWV 999 and Cavatina shows off her amazing sustain, master separation of voices and amazing trebles. A true masterpiece of luthery.
Bellucci guitars are decorated using marvelous wood marquetry to enhance all her lines and put an accent on specific parts of the construction. The marquetry requires over 35 hours of highly skilled labor to be made and it takes the guitar to unsuspected levels of beauty.
Fingerboard Scale: 650 mm or 640 mm? Keep the following rule at hand: If the distance between the tip of your thumb and the tip of your little finger is equal or less than 9 in. when fully stretched, use 640 mm. When the guitar player uses the correct scale length, stretches that are otherwise impossible become natural. Elusive notes that seem to be well beyond our natural reach, become easy. The standard on Bellucci guitars is 640mm.
Radiused or flat fingerboard? The radiused fingerboard has been around the acoustic and the electric guitar since day one. The same is true for most instruments of the Stringed family of instruments (violas, violins cellos, bass). Radiusing makes barre and left hand stopping a lot easier. The only drawback is that you will never want to play a flat fingerboard after that. The standard fingerboard is flat.
The indented cutaway is very both beautiful and extremely useful. It requires the highest level of luthery to be made and when it comes to playability, it allows the player to access the F# on fret 14 with amazing ease thus covering the 14 most used frets in the classical guitar.
The 9-braces Hauser fan is the result of many years of experimenting. It is based on Torres 4 fan brace design. The braces act as sound vibrations highways. They carry the vibration of each string to a specific spot on the soundboard. The variations on the 9 braces fan is enormous. Luthier taylor each fan to achieve a specific sound and match the instrument with the rest of the woods used in the construction. I often use a mixture of Cedar, Spruce and Mahogany to match different wood combinations.
Embossed Leather Case Included. The Bellucci hand embossed leather case is a work of art on its own right. Built by one of a handful of very talented leather embossers in Latin America. It takes countless hours of patient labor to emboss a single case.